Sean Shibe's Guitar Zone

Episodes

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Joy and Melancholy20190630

In this fifth episode, Sean reveals the ‘interval of sadness’ that permeates the lute music of John Dowland and discovers various other ways the guitar and its relatives can express melancholy. And then at the opposite end of the emotional spectrum Sean plays music by Steve Reich and Luigi Boccherini that has him laughing out loud because of the pure joy that it conveys.

Sean Shibe is a young, award-winning musician who’s changing the way people listen to the guitar. In this six-part series he presents a personal choice of vibrant and varied pieces by composers from Spanish Renaissance masters to Steve Reich and Georges Lentz, with performers including Julian Bream, Elizabeth Kenny, Andrés Segovia, John Williams, Vincent Dumestre and Pepe Romero. Sean discovers the characters of the extended guitar family, from the oud, lute and vihuela to the Brahms guitar, decachord and electric guitar, and expresses straight-talking views on players of the past and present who have helped shape his own unique approach to the art of guitar playing. With his guitar on his knee he'll also be showing us what to listen for and what’s physically possible on the instrument.

Throughout the series we’ll hear Sean’s philosophical, intellectual and above all emotional take on the music he knows so well. He opens a door into a world that’s full of subtlety and contrast in its expression of culture and style. It’s a world that invites us in with all sorts of mesmeric and surprising sounds.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Join classical guitarist Sean Shibe as he reveals the secrets of his world.

Classical guitarist Sean Shibe reveals the secrets of his world.

Variation And Fantasy20190623

In this fourth episode Sean plays music for the guitar that grows out of composers’ creative imaginations in the shape of fantasies and variations. He’ll be discovering technical complexity in music by Mauro Giuliani and clever dramatic effects by Malcolm Arnold, plus some intriguing examples of fantasy and variation from both Spanish and German baroque times. Plus there’s an inventive 21st century take on a 400 year old song by John Dowland.

Sean Shibe is a young, award-winning musician who’s changing the way people listen to the guitar. In this six part series he presents a personal choice of vibrant and varied pieces by composers from Spanish Renaissance masters to Steve Reich and Django Reinhardt, with performers including Julian Bream, Anthony Rooley, Andrés Segovia, John Williams, Dolores Costoyas and the Brasil Guitar Duo. Sean discovers the characters of the extended guitar family, from the oud, lute and vihuela to the Brahms guitar, decachord and electric guitar, and expresses straight-talking views on players of the past and present who have helped shape his own unique approach to the art of guitar playing. With his guitar on his knee he'll also be showing us what to listen for and what’s physically possible on the instrument.

Over the weeks we’ll hear Sean’s philosophical, intellectual and above all emotional take on the music he knows so well. He opens a door into a world that’s full of subtlety and contrast in its expression of culture and style. It’s a world that invites us in with all sorts of mesmeric and surprising sounds.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Join classical guitarist Sean Shibe as he reveals the secrets of his world.

Classical guitarist Sean Shibe reveals the secrets of his world.

01Introverts and Extroverts20190602

In this first episode, Introverts and Extroverts, Sean presents composers and performers who revel in the introspective nature of the guitar and the lute, and also those who push at the limits, whether by creating new, magical techniques, finding challenges in the speed a guitarist can play at, or in creating music with pure volume at its heart.

Sean Shibe is a young, award-winning musician who’s changing the way people listen to the guitar. In this new six-part series he presents a personal choice of vibrant and varied pieces by composers from Spanish Renaissance masters to Steve Reich and Django Reinhardt, with performers including Julian Bream, Andrés Segovia, John Williams, Rolf Lislevand, Dolores Costoyas and Tilman Hoppstock. Sean will be discovering the characters of the extended guitar family, from the oud, lute and vihuela to the Brahms guitar, decachord and electric guitar, and he’ll express straight-talking views on players of the past and present who have helped shape his own unique approach to the art of guitar playing. With his guitar on his knee he'll also have the opportunity to show us what to listen for and what’s physically possible on the instrument.

Over the weeks we’ll hear Sean’s philosophical, intellectual and above all emotional take on the music he knows so well. He opens a door into a world that’s full of subtlety and contrast in its expression of culture and style. It’s a world that invites us in with all sorts of mesmeric and surprising sounds.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Join classical guitarist Sean Shibe as he reveals the secrets of his world.

Classical guitarist Sean Shibe reveals the secrets of his world.

02Past and Future Sounds20190609

In this second episode Sean delves into some of the many ways of playing Bach on the lute and guitar, finds a singing oboe line interpreted beautifully by two masters of the guitar from the 1960s, discovers connections between Debussy, Villa Lobos and the bossa nova and shows how to get an otherworldly effect using a guitar and a spoon.

Sean Shibe is a young, award-winning musician who’s changing the way people listen to the guitar. In this six-part series he presents a personal choice of vibrant and varied pieces by composers from Spanish Renaissance masters to Steve Reich and Django Reinhardt, with performers including Julian Bream, Andres Segovia, John Williams, Rolf Lislevand, Dolores Costoyas and the Romeros. Sean will be discovering the characters of the extended guitar family, from the oud, lute and vihuela to the Brahms guitar, decachord and electric guitar, and he’ll express straight-talking views on players of the past and present who have helped shape his own unique approach to the art of guitar playing. With his guitar on his knee he'll also have the opportunity to show us what to listen for and what’s physically possible on the instrument.

Over the weeks we’ll hear Sean’s philosophical, intellectual and above all emotional take on the music he knows so well. He opens a door into a world that’s full of subtlety and contrast in its expression of culture and style. It’s a world that invites us with all sorts of mesmeric and surprising sounds.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Join classical guitarist Sean Shibe as he reveals the secrets of his world.

Classical guitarist Sean Shibe reveals the secrets of his world.

03Catalysts And Inspirations20190616

In this third episode, Sean reveals a musical impression of Shakespeare’s Ophelia on the guitar, finds the Middle Eastern oud playing American bluegrass music, hears how Benjamin Britten was inspired by master of melancholy John Dowland and muses on Segovia’s odd relationship with composer Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Sean Shibe is a young, award-winning musician who’s changing the way people listen to the guitar. In this new six-part series he presents a personal choice of vibrant and varied pieces by composers from Spanish Renaissance masters to Steve Reich and Django Reinhardt, with performers including Julian Bream, Elizabeth Kenny, Andrés Segovia, John Williams, Joseph Tawadros and William Carter. Sean discovers the characters of the extended guitar family, from the oud, lute and vihuela to the Brahms guitar, decachord and electric guitar, and expresses straight-talking views on players of the past and present who have helped shape his own unique approach to the art of guitar playing. With his guitar on his knee he'll also be showing us what to listen for and what’s physically possible on the instrument.

Over the weeks we’ll hear Sean’s philosophical, intellectual and above all emotional take on the music he knows so well. He opens a door into a world that’s full of subtlety and contrast in its expression of culture and style. It’s a world that invites us in with all sorts of mesmeric and surprising sounds.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Join classical guitarist Sean Shibe as he reveals the secrets of his world.

Classical guitarist Sean Shibe reveals the secrets of his world.

06Adaptations And Collaborations20190707

In the final episode of the series Sean thinks about how the guitar doesn’t have to be a solitary instrument. He finds there are situations where it can work perfectly as a collaborator: in a baroque band or with a solo voice, even in unison with a piano (given the right amplification). Sean also discovers the extra emotional range that an arrangement of a piano piece can find on a guitar, proving that as Julian Bream said, it’s an instrument of the senses.

Sean Shibe is a young, award-winning musician who’s changing the way people listen to the guitar. In this six-part series he presents a personal choice of vibrant and varied pieces by composers from Spanish Renaissance masters to Pat Metheny and Benjamin Britten, with performers including Julian Bream, Andrés Segovia, John Williams, Tilman Hoppstock, Eric Bellocq and Massimo Moscardo. Sean discovers the characters of the extended guitar family, from the oud, lute and vihuela to the Brahms guitar, decachord and electric guitar, and expresses straight-talking views on players of the past and present who have helped shape his own unique approach to the art of guitar playing. With his guitar on his knee he'll also be showing us what to listen for and what’s physically possible on the instrument.

We’ll hear Sean’s philosophical, intellectual and above all emotional take on the music he knows so well. He opens a door into a world that’s full of subtlety and contrast in its expression of culture and style. It’s a world that invites us in with all sorts of mesmeric and surprising sounds.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Join classical guitarist Sean Shibe as he reveals the secrets of his world

Classical guitarist Sean Shibe reveals the secrets of his world.